110 Seven Ponds Nature Center
wildlife viewing |
directions and facility information
Photo: © Phil Seng
This area boasts a diverse mixture of
habitat types including glacier-formed lakes, ponds,
marshes, swamps, prairie, and rolling woodlands. Five
miles of hiking trails wind through these habitats.
Boardwalks, bridges, and observation towers provide
a close look at the wildlife that call these areas
home and provide scenic views of the surrounding countryside.
The yellow ladyís slipper is one of Michiganís most
beautiful wildflowers. This delicate orchid often
grows in swamps, bogs, or forests with rich soils.
Photo: © Ray Rustem
Because Seven Ponds contains many
different kinds of habitats, it is a good place to
view wildlife throughout the year. The bird viewing
can be especially rewarding, as more than 200 species
have been sighted here. The list includes nesting
sandhill cranes, bobolinks, bluebirds, tree swallows,
and swamp sparrows. There is a good probability of
viewing muskrats and beavers in the wetlands and lakes.
Seven Ponds boasts a wonderful variety
of wildflowers from spring through fall. In the proper
habitat and season, there is an excellent probability
of seeing trilliums, yellow ladyís slippers, jack-in-the-pulpits,
prairie coneflowers, and gentians. Visit the interpretive
building to discover what is currently in bloom.
This facility also has maps, interpretive
materials, exhibits, and a nice wildlife viewing/feeding
window. Exhibits include a display on Michigan birds
with over 150 specimens, an interactive beaver lodge
exhibit, live reptiles and amphibians, and an observation
honey bee hive. Naturalists are on duty to answer
questions and conduct activities. Current program
offerings are posted on the nature centerís web
The building and grounds are open Tuesday
through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.